Redbrick is an adjective that means working class or lacking prestige.
Our word of the day combines the two common English words, ‘red’ and ‘brick’ in reference to a kind of material used to construct buildings. Because redbrick is a more recent development, it means that a building created from it lacks the prestige of an older building. It is most commonly used to refer to less prestigious colleges or universities.
My father didn’t have the status to attend an older prestigious university like Cambridge or Oxford, so he had to settle for a redbrick school. Attending a more blue color university may have hurt him at the time, but he now has no regrets.